Heavy Flow Podcast #53 - Your Menstrual Cycle is a Vital Sign with Lisa Hendrickson-Jack

We’re replaying the Best of Heavy Flow while we’re on hiatus over the summer! Subscribe to Heavy Flow on your favourite podcast player and sign-up for my weekly newsletter to get new episodes when we’re back in the fall. 

Today I’m joined by Lisa Hendrickson-Jack, certified Fertility Awareness Educator and Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner. Lisa and I talk about her new book, The Fifth Vital Sign, why your menstrual cycle is a vital sign, the pill and its side-effects and the importance of truly informed consent.

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This episode of Heavy Flow is supported by Justisse Holistic Reproductive Health Practioner Vienna Farlow, aka The Cuntsultant.
Visit thecuntsultant.com and use HEAVYFLOW for 15% off a Justice Fertility Awareness Education package.

This episode of Heavy Flow is supported by de lune, a menstrual health company on a mission to solve your period problems. Visit delune.co and use code HEAVYFLOW for 15% off.

What we discussed: 

Lisa’s new book and her personal journey to fertility awareness
How the pill is used to treat periods in adolescence
How fibroids are written about vs. what it’s actually like to have fibroids
The menstrual cycle as a vital sign and the importance of tracking your cycle
The history of the pill and how it replaces your natural cycle
Informed consent and knowing the real side effects of hormonal birth control
Biases in scientific research
Choosing what works for you
Lisa’s vision for a menstrutopia

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Resources mentioned in this episode: 

The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility

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Produced by: TK Matunda
Music credit: Julia and Bradley of Home Studios
Graphic Design: Rachel Laird